Saturday, 13 February 2016

Yellow Cattleya

Golden yellow bloomed just in time for the new year. 
Not as striking as the red or purple blooms but still subtly pretty.

Friday, 12 February 2016


This pattern is one of Jane Eborall's. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 #132, Tropical Punch. I could not find my black thread in size 20, so I used a size 40 black for its beak. 

I am tempted to tat the toucan next. Now I really have to go look for the size 20 black threads. I hate looking for things. A sign telling me not to hoard.

Thursday, 11 February 2016


I remember mom using these for her flower arrangements but she said she also grew them in her garden when we were too young to remember. I got these for my sister for the lunar new year.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


This pattern is by Dianna Stevens. The first one I tatted is here. You need to block the spider legs to make it bend the way you want it. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Swinging Monkeys

Note the difference between the two monkeys? 

Onion rings, no onion rings;
Tip for tatting onion rings - tat loosely, very loose otherwise you will have a hard time closing the ring.

Size 20 threads but one is larger;
My art teacher would approve - perspective is good.

Wonky bananas;
Results from not reading the instructions.

Pattern is from Dianna Stevens in her book Animal Bookmarks - A Tatted Zoo.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Lunar New Year

2016 is the year of the monkey

A paper cutting to usher in the new year

A ink brush calligraphy of a monkey in gold

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Chinatown Monkeys

I was in Chinatown shopping and remembered the decorations. I took this photo at the pedestrian crossing. You can hardly see the monkeys from this view although the peach tree is gorgeous with its flowers and fruits.

By the time the light turned green and I was on the other side, rain came pouring down.

Can you now see the monkeys?
How many can you spot?
This is a giant lantern which lights up at night.

Friday, 5 February 2016


I remember tatting these swans in glitter thread. Yes they are here. I know I kept them somewhere but it is easier to tat them again than to go look for them. They will turn up someday when you are not looking for them.

I am running out of Perle cotton threads in bright colours. These animals look better in brighter colours for the kids. I hesitate to get new Perle cotton threads. I just have to use the Lizbeth instead. Should have started with Lizbeth and used them throughout.

The pattern is found in Animal Bookmarks - A Tatted Zoo by Dianna Stevens.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Bauhinia kockiana

This climber has grown well on the pergola providing a little shade for the benches and vibrant colour among the greenery. Isn't it a lovely picture?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Flying Minor Norwegian Dragons

I wanted to tat this earlier but was scared off by the SSSR (Single shuttle split ring). I finally tried it but gave up and used two shuttles and split rings instead. I think the boys would really love these flying dragons. Too bad I ran out of perle cotton threads in red, otherwise one would definitely be red. 

The pattern is by Anne Bruvold. Thank you for a very interesting pattern. It isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Try it!